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As Cloud Adoption Grows, Canadian Businesses Struggle with Security: Report

As Cloud Adoption Grows, Canadian Businesses Struggle with Security: Report

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More than three-quarters of Canadian organizations feel they are not adequately addressing cloud security, according to research released Thursday by IT consultancy Scalar Decisions.

The report, Moving up the Value Chain: What We Can Learn from Experienced Cloud Users, shows that security remains the top concern for organizations of all experience levels after adopting cloud.

IDC surveyed 355 Canadian IT decision-makers in August and September for the study, including two-fifths from on-premise only organizations. Responses showed that a majority or near-majority of Canadian organizations have not adopted data classification and accountability (54 percent), client and end-point protection (57 percent), identity and access management (48 percent), and application-level controls (59 percent).

“Cloud benefits and business value become progressively more sophisticated as organizations’ experience with the cloud increases,” said Bunn. “Viewing cloud security and cloud adoption as non-severable concepts, coupled with investing in a continuous optimization approach in line with the Cloud Experience Model are key factors to achieve success in a rapidly changing marketplace of cloud based services and capabilities.”

A survey by Trustwave early this year that included respondents from Canada, the U.S., U.K., Australia, and Singapore showed that over three-quarters of IT security professionals feel pressured to unveil projects before they are fully secured. In September, a report by Kaspersky showed that 77 percent of U.S. businesses, and slightly more international companies, have experienced security incidents in the past year.

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